LAHORE: The Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) has disconnected the electricity supply of over 700 furnace mills and industries, to keep the city lighted on Independence Day (tomorrow).

The step will make 240 megawatts (MW) power available to the system. Another 200MW would be available to residential consumers due to the closure of markets, shops and shopping plazas.

According to an Aaj Kal Report, LESCO shut down the supply at 5pm on Wednesday, and it would be restored at 5am on Monday.

According to the report, LESCO has constituted special complaint cells in all sub-divisions. These cells will work in three shifts until Monday. In case of an electricity breakdown, LESCO staff would reach the affected area in a maximum of one hour.

The executive engineer and the superintendent engineer would be available on cell phone around the clock for any emergency. According to the report, the main control room will be at the LESCO head office.

LESCO spokesman Javed Khan told Aaj Kal that Lahore faced a 968MW shortage. LESCO Chief Executive Akram Arain said there would be no power outages tomorrow, and said continuous supply could be ensured at night if the citizens controlled the electricity demand.

Source: Daily Times